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Imam al-Ghazali on the Benefits of Fasting | #SpiritualPsychologist
What is the benefit of fasting? Imam al-Ghazali provides 10 benefits of fasting. This is an important Ramadan reminder.
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Allaah has set out several rulings concerning Eid, including the following: Read the rest of this entry
Assalam Alaiakum warahmatullahe wa barakatuh,
Dear Sister and Brothers, Happy Eid Ul Fitr to u and ur respected families, with Success And Happiness, In Sha Allah
Plz don’t forget the Ummah specially palestine ur Dua’s :))
Tell us where u are from and congratulate Eid to ur Brother and sisters In the Wold !
The Sunnahs that the Muslim should observe on the day of Eid
1 – Doing ghusl before going out to the prayer.
It was narrated in a saheeh hadeeth in al-Muwatta’ that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar used to do ghusl on the day of al-Fitr before going out to the prayer-place in the morning. Al-Muwatta’ 428.
Al- Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said that the Muslims were unanimously agreed that it is mustahabb to do ghusl for Eid prayer.
Laylatul Qadr: the Night of Power
The Qur’an was revealed over a period of 23 years with the Night of Power considered the night in which the first revelations of Islam and the prophethood of Prophet Muhammed ﷺ began. This night is in celebration of the arrival of the Qur’an.
In Arabic, Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is described in the Qur’an as, “better than a thousand months” (Sura 97:3). Al-Qadr means power and implies having power over something, particularly to Allah. The character of Allah is said to be excellence in power, capable, all powerful, almighty and also implies “high esteem” and thus the Night of Power is to be highly esteemed.
Here, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf discusses the blessings of this night, when it occurs & what to do during the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
Fasting reduces the pressure on the Heart Arteries and it reduces Fat, Cholesterol as well as Acids.
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Eating before fajr (Taking Suhur ) is a recommended sunnah
•The Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said, “Take Suhur, as there is a blessing in it.” (Bukhari)
•If the Fajr Adhaan starts while you are eating sehri, instead of leaving what you were eating, you should quickly eat it.( Abu Dawood)
The Eid prayer is one where the imam attends and leads the people in praying two rak’ahs. ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The prayer of al-Fitr is two rak’ahs and the prayer of al-Adha is two rak’ahs, complete and not shortened, on the tongue of your Prophet, and the one who fabricates lies is doomed.” Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 1420 and Ibn Khuzaymah. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.
It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed said: The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to come out on the day of al-Fitr and al-Adha to the prayer place, and the first thing he would do was to offer the prayer. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 956
In the first rak’ah he should say Takbeerat al-ihraam (say “Allaahu akbar” to start the prayer), after which he should say six or seven more takbeers, because of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), “The takbeer of al-Fitr and al-Adha is seven takbeers in the first rak’ah and five takbeers in the second, apart from the takbeer of rukoo’.” Narrated by Abu Dawood and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 639.
Then he should recite al-Faatihah, and recite Soorat Qaf in the first rak’ah. In the second rak’ah he should stand up saying takbeer, and when he has stood up completely he should say takbeer five times, and recite Soorat al-Faatihah then Soorat al-Qamr. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite these two soorahs during the two Eids. Or if he wishes he can recite Soorat al-A’la in the first rak’ah and Soorat al-Ghaashiyah in the second, because it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite al-A’la and al-Ghaashiyah in the Eid prayer.
The imam should revive the Sunnah be reciting these soorahs so that the Muslims will become familiar with the Sunnah.
After the prayer, the imam should address the people. Part of the khutbah should be addressed specifically to the women, telling them of the things that they should do and warning them against the things that they should avoid, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do.
See Fataawa Arkaan al-Islam by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), p. 398; Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 8/300-316).
The prayer comes before the khutbah
One of the rulings of Eid is that the prayer comes before the khutbah, because of the hadeeth of Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah who said, The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came out on the day of al-Fitr and started with the prayer before the khutbah. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 958; Muslim, 885.
Another indication that the khutbah comes after the prayer is the hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to come out to the prayer place on the day of al-Fitr and al-Adha, and the first thing he would start with was the prayer, then he would go and stand facing the people, while the people were sitting in their rows, and he would preach to them and advise them and command them. If he wanted to send out a military expedition he would do so and if he wanted to tell the people to do something he would do so, then he would leave.
Abu Sa’eed said: The people continued to do that until I went out with Marwaan – who was the governor of Madeenah – on Eid al-Adha or Eid al-Fitr, and when we came to the prayer-place, there was a minbar that had been built by Katheer ibn al-Salt. When Marwaan wanted to ascend it before he prayed, I grabbed his garment and he pushed me away and climbed up and delivered the khutbah before the prayer. I said, “You have changed it by Allaah.”
He said, “O Abu Sa’eed, what you knew has gone.”
I said, “What I know, by Allaah, is better than what I do not know.”
He said, “The people will not sit and listen to us after the prayer, so we did it before the prayer.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 956.
From the team of An’Nisaa -The Woman (النساء )
1 – Doing ghusl before going out to the prayer.
2 – Eating before going out to pray on Eid al-Fitr and after the prayer on Eid al-Adha
3 – Takbeer on the day of Eid
4 – Offering congratulations
5 – Adorning oneself on the occasion of Eid.
6 – Going to the prayer by one route and returning by another.
According to Suadi Arabia Supreme Court, the Shawwal has been sighted, therefore, Eid-ul-Fitr will celebrated in the kingdom tomorrow and same at Palestine ..
Eid Mubarak to you all and may Allah accept your worship.And Don’t forget the Ummah who are suffering and can’t enjoy the happiness of this blessed day. Remember them in Duaa and prayers always.
“For every people there is a feast and this is our feast” said the Prophet (saw) to Abu Bakr (R).
[Bukhaaree and Muslim].
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1 – It is mustahabb to recite takbeer during the night of Eid from sunset on the last day of Ramadaan until the imam comes to lead the prayer. The format of the takbeer is as follows:
Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, wa Lillaahi’l-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god except Allaah, Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, and all praise be to Allaah). Read the rest of this entry
What defines the correct time (the Eid prayer) for paying zakaat al-fitr? Is it the prayer of the imam, or the prayer offered on one’s own, or the time of the prayer? May Allah reward you with good.
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Men are asking for zakaat al-fitr in the marketplace, and we do not know whether they are religiously committed or not. There are others whose situation is comfortable, and whatever they get of the zakaah they spend on their children. Some of them receive a salary but they are weak in religious commitment. Is it permissible to give them zakaat al-fitr or not?
Zakaat al-fitr should be given to poor Muslims even if they are sinners so long as their sin is not something that puts them beyond the pale of Islaam. What is meant by poor is those who appear to be poor, even if they are in fact rich. The one who is paying the zakaah should seek out good poor people as much as possible. If he finds out later that the one who took it was actually rich, that does not affect the one who gave it, rather he has discharged his duty, praise be to Allaah.
And Allaah is the Source of strength.
Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas.
Depending on what part of the world you are in, you have anywhere from 1-3 days left of Ramadan. Many of us have regrets that we didn’t make the most of it. We may have had nights where we didn’t wake up for Qiyam, days in which we didn’t control our tongues properly, or spans of Ramadan in which we slacked off with our Quran reading. But now is not the time to cry. Nor is it the time to splurge in Eid shopping and act like the month is over. Reflect on this wonderful statement by Imam Ibn Rajab (RA) in his Lataaif: Read the rest of this entry
The Muslim should make Ramadaan an opportunity to turn over a new leaf by repenting, turning to Allaah, persisting in worshipping Allaah, always being aware that Allaah is watching at every minute of every hour. So after Ramadaan the Muslim should continue to obey Allaah and should avoid sin and evil actions, as a continuation of the way he was during Ramadaan and the things that he did then to draw closer to the Lord of creation.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And perform As‑Salaah (Iqaamat‑as‑ Salaah), at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night [i.e. the five compulsory Salaah (prayers)]. Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins). That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice)”[Hood 11:114]
By Shaykh Muhammad Jebril | Translated by Shazia Ahmad
Many of us spend a good portion of our Ramadan nights with our hands raised in du`a’ (supplication), listening to the heart-felt words of our imam or shaykh calling on Allah in the witr prayer. For those of us who don’t speak Arabic, it is a time when we often long to understand the meaning of the words being said with such evident intensity and feeling. It is for this reason that we would like to present a beautiful du`a’ of Shaykh Muhammad Jebril of Cairo, Egypt – said at the completion of his recitation of the Qur’an in Ramadan1 – accompanied by an English translation. Read the rest of this entry
Praise be to Allaah, we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own selves and from our evil deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides cannot be misled, and whomsoever He leaves astray cannot be guided. I bear witness that there is no god except Allaah alone, with no partner or associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. Read the rest of this entry
I still remember the first tears coming from my eyes during one of the Ramadan Tarawih nights. They were not related to acknowledgement of sins, interaction with the Quran, or fear of hell fire, they came out simply after hearing a du`aa’ that the Imam made for Palestine. They were sincere supplications that asked Allah to help our brothers and sisters in the holy land, to liberate Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa, to relieve the widows and the orphans and free the prisoners. Read the rest of this entry
Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is described in the Quran as, “better than a thousand months” (97:3). Any action done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr.
Allah’s Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” (Muslim). Allah’s peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet. Read the rest of this entry
When reading through the books, in particular the biographies and statements of our pious predecessors, one beautiful thing that always amazes me is how important Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) was to our Salaf and how deeply engaged they were in this particular act. Now, these were a people who lived and breathed Islam, whose hearts overflowed with Iman, yaqin (certainty), humbleness, and all good, and they were of tremendous worth in the Sight of Allah. They were the scholars, the righteous and pious, the sincere worshippers of Allah `azza wa jall. They were our best generations whose sins were few and good deeds were many… and yet you’ll find that they never stopped seeking forgiveness. In fact, they’d spend some of their nights weeping and some of their days in sadness; always seeking forgiveness.
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Laylatul Qadr Du’ā:
اللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni
O Allah, You are Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.
Aisha (RA) said: “I asked the Prophet(S), ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’”
[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi]
“I do not feel sad about leaving anything in this world except fasting in the hot days of summer, and standing in prayer during the night.”
(At-Tabaqat, Ibn Sa’d) Read the rest of this entry
When it is time for iftaar and the adhan for maghrib is called, once in a while try to grab some dates and hand them out to the people around you so that they can break their fasts…just a thought on a way you can help others with their iftaar and try to ‘cash-in’ on the rewards…after all, “whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest”
Fatwa No : 83531
Holding Qur’an during Taraweeh prayer
Fatwa Date : Ramadan 26, 1422 / 13-12-2001
I have seen many people holding Qur’an while praying Taraweeh. I want to know if it is a allowable or not? Read the rest of this entry
Messenger of Allah (s) said,”Whoever establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadan faithfully out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not for showing off), all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih)
Tarawih Prayer is a special Prayer Muslims perform only in the month of Ramadan. It is a sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). It can be performed at home, alone or in congregation, or at a mosque.
In many mosques, one juz’ (one of the 30 parts) of the Qur’an is recited each night in Tarawih. Thus performing Tarawih in the mosque imparts a special flavor to Ramadan, especially if one is able to do so every night and hear the whole Qur’an recited during the month.
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So, what should we do when someone angers us when we’re fasting?
Messenger of Allah (S) said: “Fasting does not just mean abstaining from food and drink, rather fasting means abstaining from idle and obscene speech. If someone curses you or treats you in an ignorant manner, then say, ‘I am fasting, I am fasting.’” (Haakim)
Aa’ishah may Allaah be pleased with her reported, “The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) used to kiss and embrace [his wives] while fasting, but his ability to control his desires was greater than any of you.”
Another version reads, “The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) would kiss [his spouses] while he would be fasting in the month of Ramadan.”[Muslim] Read the rest of this entry
2. Avoid being lazy and inactive during the day.
3. Dont waste time playing games during the day. Rather, please ALLAH by increasing in your worship of him..
4. Avoid having Iftaar parties. Ramadan wasnt meant to be a food extravaganza.
5. Dont ask your wife to spend Ramadan in the Kitchen. Eat something light and quick – she should also spend this blessed Month Worshipping ALLAH.
6. Spend the last 10 days worshipping ALLAH rather than trying to prepare for Eid! A day that is better than a thousand months is in these last 10 days. You can’t afford to miss this.
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And may Allah put mercy and blessings into the hearts of those who are deprived of the blessings of this month. What we can say about the greatness of this month, for which, Allah the Most High have said in the Hadith Qudsi, which is reported by the beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him): Read the rest of this entry
Narrated Sahl bin Sad (Radi ALLAHU Anhu) : ALLAH’s Apostle (SallALLAHU Alayhi Wasallam) said, “The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.” [Sahih Bukhari, Book #31, #178] Read the rest of this entry
Narrated Ibn Abi Aufa: We were in the company of Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) on a journey. He said to a man:
Get down and mix Sawiq (powdered barley) with water for me.
The man said: The sun (has not set yet), O Allah’s Messenger
……..The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said to him: Get down and mix Sawiq with water for me. The man dismounted and mixed Sawiq with water for him. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) drank it and then beckoned with his hand (towards the East) and said:
إِذَا رَأَيْتُمْ اللَّيْلَ أَقْبَلَ مِنْ هَا هُنَا فَقَدْ أَفْطَرَ الصَّائِمُ
When you see the night falling from this side, then a fasting person should break his fast.
[Sahih Bukhari] Read the rest of this entry
A: 7 Tips to lose weight in Ramadan
From Mubarakah Ibrahim Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Expert
Although it may seem to many that we should lose weight during Ramadan because we are not eating for such a large portion of the day, unfortunately the opposite is not normally true. Due to the fact that we are going 17-20 hours with nothing to eat our metabolism slows down and begins to store fat. In addition eating very large calorie rich iftar meals makes matters worse. It’s like putting a ton of bricks on the back of a turtle. Our metabolism is already running very slowly and then we load it up with lots of calories that it can not burn. The straw that breaks the “scale’s” back is the reduction of physical activity during the month. For some people its just not physically possible to exercise while engaging in such long days of fast, so we reduce the amount we move around without reducing how much we are eating. I don’t recommend that you use Ramadan to start an exercise and diet program however if you were already on a weight loss regimen here is how you can continue to lose weight in Ramadan or at the very least prevent yourself from gaining weight. Read the rest of this entry
The Holy month of Ramadan is a great opportunity for all believers to reestablish their relationship with Almighty Allah . During this month, Allah opens the doors of guidance, mercy, and forgiveness and showers His blessings on mankind. Blessed are those who avail this opportunity and work hard to obtain the pleasure of Allah .
Following are some points to remember that may help us have a better Ramadan:
Sahoor: Rasulullah said, “Allah sends blessings on those who eat Sahoor (meal before Fajr) and the angels pray for them.” (Ibn Habban) We should never miss Sahoor as it is blessed food and a Sunnah of the Prophet . Read the rest of this entry
Ramadan, a holy month for all Muslims, falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims are encouraged to practice self-restraint. This includes fasting or the refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.
Make it a healthy Ramadan
Fasting during Ramadan carries a high risk of dehydration as food and drink are limited to before sunrise and after sunset. Furthermore, as fasting individuals are encouraged to wake up very early to have their Suhoor (or pre-dawn meal), sleep deprivation and dehydration can lead to headaches.
Here are some tips on healthy fasting:
1. Don’t skip Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) Read the rest of this entry
Narrated Ibn Umar [R.A] , “Allah’s Messenger[S.A.W] said, “Verily, Allah and His Angels send Salaat upon those who eat the Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal of fasting).”
[Saheeh at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (1/519)]
Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree [R.A] said that Allah’s Messenger[S.A.W] said, “The Suhoor is a meal of blessings, so do not leave it, even if one of you just takes a (gulp) of water, since Allah sends Mercy, and His Angels seek forgiveness for those who take the Suhoor.”
[Reported by Ahmad (3/12 and 44) and Ibn Abee Shaibah (3/8) and their isnads support each other]
This Hadeeth shows the Prophet’s keenness for his Ummah to receive the Mercy of Allah and His forgiveness, which is why he encouraged us to drink even a sip of water for Suhoor.
Strengthen your faith during this month by confirming your belief in the unity of God.
Have the intention of pleasing God with all your acts of worship.
Keep away from the things that nullify your faith.
Follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad.
Feed the poor and the needy. Feel the gift of giving in Ramadan.
Before going out for `Eid prayer, make sure to pay Zakat al-Fitr.
Perform the daily prayers at their fixed times and in congregation as much as you can. Attend the Tarawih prayers constantly and perform extra prayers. Rediscover the power of prayer in Ramadan and concentrate much while praying. Leave this worldly life behind your back once you raise your hands and say Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest). Read the rest of this entry